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School district to honor school lunch heroes

By Staff | Apr 29, 2020

Between serving thousands of children through the COVID-19 emergency, preparing healthy food, adhering to nutrition standards, and offering service with a smile, Lee County’s school nutrition professionals have a lot on their plate.

To celebrate their hard work and commitment, the School District of Lee County will celebrate School Lunch Hero Day by encouraging the families being served to make signs, write cards and find other creative ways to say thank you when coming to pick up their “Grab & Go” meals on May 1.

“Our staff is a team of dedicated, hard-working, generous people who work hard throughout the year,” Food & Nutrition Services Director Lauren Couchois said. “However, this unprecedented time has shown just how dedicated and how much they care for the students they serve. It has become clearer than ever that they are my superheroes and I feel we could never do enough to show how much we truly appreciate all that they do and give every day.”

Lee County food service staff are serving more than 24,000 meals per day at dozens of schools, bus stops and community organizations to ensure families still have access to nutritious meals.

Celebrated annually since 2013, School Lunch Hero Day was designated by the School Nutrition Association and Jarrett Krosoczka, author of the “Lunch Lady” graphic novel series. The day provides an opportunity for parents, students, school staff and communities to thank those who provide healthy meals to nearly 30 million of America’s students each school day.